Solipsism refers to the philosophical idea that reality only exists in one’s mind. Everything outside of it, the external world and the minds of others, cannot truly be known and hence does not exist’, says Amsterdam based composer and pianist Joep Beving. ‘My music is an experiment in existential communication, a belief in an absolute aesthetic, to prove that a universal and metaphysical reality does exist.’

In his independently produced debut album Solipsism Beving has stripped music back to its essence. A feature recognized by a worldwide audience, considering that the album has been streamed an incredible 20 million times, since its release a year ago. From which Beving concludes that Solipsism ‘represents a quest for essence and beauty, expressed in a neo-classical vocabulary.’

‘The world is a hectic place right now,’ the pianist says. ‘I felt a deep urge to reconnect on a basic human level with people in general. Music as our universal language has the power to unite. Regardless of our cultural differences I believe we have an innate understanding of what it means to be human. We have our goose bumps to show for it. It’s incredible to see that a completely independent artist like myself can reach people all over the world simply by playing the music that I believe in – music in its purest form.’

Beving started his career as music producer at a music agency where he produced music for countless national and international ads. In the fall of 2014 he launched his debut album that, after it was put on Spotify in march 2015 quickly reached millions of people. One critic wrote about Beving’s piano play: ‘It hovers gently, it flutters like an exotic butterfly. A lovely, lovely, rewarding record.’

Photography ©2016 Rahi Rezvani